replace

verb
re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
replaced; replacing; replaces

Definition of replace

transitive verb

1 : to restore to a former place or position replace cards in a file
2 : to take the place of especially as a substitute or successor
3 : to put something new in the place of replace a worn carpet

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Other Words from replace

replaceable \ ri-​ˈplā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce replaceable (audio) \ adjective
replacer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for replace

replace, displace, supplant, supersede mean to put out of a usual or proper place or into the place of another. replace implies a filling of a place once occupied by something lost, destroyed, or no longer usable or adequate. replaced the broken window displace implies an ousting or dislodging. war had displaced thousands supplant implies either a dispossessing or usurping of another's place, possessions, or privileges or an uprooting of something and its replacement with something else. was abruptly supplanted in her affections by another supersede implies replacing a person or thing that has become superannuated, obsolete, or otherwise inferior. the new edition supersedes all previous ones

Examples of replace in a Sentence

Will computers ever completely replace books? Paper bags have been largely replaced by plastic bags. She was hired to replace the previous manager. I replaced the old rug with a new one. They recently replaced the old phone system. The team's manager was replaced last season. The patient needed a transfusion to replace lost blood. They've appointed a new minister to replace the one who just retired. I guess it's finally time to replace the stove. He carefully replaced the vase on the shelf.
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Officials said the closure is necessary so work crews can remove the existing outer-loop bridge, which is being replaced to accommodate a a fourth lane for traffic between Frederick Road and Baltimore National Pike on the outer loop of the beltway. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Edmondson Avenue to close at I-695 bridge in Catonsville this weekend," 22 Aug. 2019 Since the mid-1990s, 250,000 public housing units throughout the country have been lost (many through demolition) without being replaced, and the voucher program, though shown in numerous studies to be a crucial lifeline, is drastically underfunded. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 And maybe the idea of being a stoner is being replaced by more interest and use of cannabis for how people are living. John Wenzel, The Know, "Nathaniel Rateliff gets into the weed business — with help from Willie Nelson," 20 Aug. 2019 Manufacturing jobs were being replaced by service jobs, which were harder to unionize. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "State of the Unions," 19 Aug. 2019 Rational debate is being replaced by self-righteous rage, the citizen displaced by the stormtrooper. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "An Insider’s Guide to Italian Insults," 16 Aug. 2019 Ward 13, principally the Old Brooklyn neighborhood, is one of the first two wards where old streetlights are being replaced by the more energy efficient LED lights. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "City Council President Kevin Kelley blasts Cleveland Public Power for dismissing resident complaints over new LED streetlights," 15 Aug. 2019 From colored gowns to suits, the typical white princess puffer dress is slowly being replaced to fit this generations simple aesthetic. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Karen Walker Debuts Modern Bridal Collection," 14 Aug. 2019 The shifting winds and warm ocean phases have eaten away at the ice more quickly than it’s being replaced. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "West Antarctica is melting—and it’s our fault," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of replace

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for replace

replace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of replace

: to be used instead of (something)
: to do the job or duty of (someone)
: to put someone or something new in the place or position of (someone or something)

replace

verb
re·​place | \ ri-ˈplās How to pronounce replace (audio) \
replaced; replacing

Kids Definition of replace

1 : to put back in a former or proper place Please replace your book on the shelf.
2 : to take the place of DVDs have replaced videotape.
3 : to put something new in the place of I'll gladly replace the broken dish.

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